What are the chances of adding a lesson to actually teach the individual letters and how they are pronounced. I really like this Latin alphabet option but I also want to get the full experience of learning how to read the official Language. Thoughts?
But the toggle switches the visual letters, if i were to look at them I still don't understand how the individual letters are pronounced. Like if I was translating from English to Russian, I wouldn't understand which "characters" I would use to make the sounds of the word... understand? I don't know, maybe I need to just go really slow and keep plugging away at it. Thanks for all your help!
lol, Norwegian only has 3 extra letters I had to learn besides the Latin alphabet that I already knew. Russian has a completely new list of letters that I need to learn. I am not planning on giving up. This is a language I really want to learn! :D So I will just keep plugging away at it. I just thought it might be nice to suggest an introduction lesson for someone (like me) who has no idea what to do with the Cyrillic alphabet ;)
That's why the letters are being introduced a few at a time. The idea is (or seems to be) to read the "tips" at the beginning of the lesson--very carefully because they pack a lot of info in them--and then practice using the new letters in the lessons. If you have trouble getting from the "tips" to actually using the letters when you type, try writing the letters by hand and saying their sounds aloud as you do so as an intermediate step.
If you get really frustrated you might want to try an external source as has already been suggested. (Post on my Wall if you want to discuss what to look for.)
I have resolved the issue meanwhile. slogger gave a good link below. You need to install a new keyboard layout on your computer. Here is the link: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Guide_to_keyboard_layouts_and_input_methods
I have no problem with it, learnt for many years when I was a kid (Eastern Europe, you know). But I suffer with the keyboard. I can type nearly blind with latin letters but finding the cyrillic letters hidden behind my latin keyboard is a pain… Maybe I should buy an external cyrillic keyboard...
If you're using Windows you can load the standard keyboard (ЙЦУКЕН), which it sounds like you have loaded, or the "student" keyboard where the keys are positioned more like in English. The standard keyboard will take a couple of weeks to learn if you practice 5-10 minutes a day (at least it did for me, but I wasn't pushing it at all and maybe you could go faster). The "student" keyboard you can type pretty well on right away--it's like the Greek keyboard, if you've ever used that.
There are quite a few programs online to learn touch typing in Cyrillic, such as vse10.ru and no typing program or stickers or special hardware is needed. I think most of those from Russia teach the standard keyboard, but some may teach the student one too. klavaro, which you can download to your computer, looks like it teaches very well (i.e., the way I learned ;)). You can also just print out a sheet of paper (or have a file open) with all the rows of keys in Cyrillic typed out, and just refer to it until your fingers learn where the keys are.
I can second the recommendation. The course teaches the alphabet one letter at a time, with someone reading aloud the Russian letters of the alphabet.